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Marion Becker, Ph.D., RN

Marion Becker, Ph.D., RN


  • RN - Yale - New Haven School of Nursing
  • MA - University of Illinois - Springfield
  • PhD - University of Wisconsin - Madison


Marion Becker is a Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr Becker is a psychiatric nurse with a graduate degree in gerontology and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on quality of care and quality of life outcomes for vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on older adults with co-occurring mental and physical health disorders. Dr. Becker has served as PI or Co-PI on numerous outcome studies, including the Women, Co-occurring Disorders and Violence Study jointly funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Center for Mental Health Services. She conducts treatment effectiveness studies and is experienced at secondary analysis of large data sets including Medicare and Medicaid administrative data. Dr Becker was awarded the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Research Award for development of the Wisconsin Quality of Life Index and her seminal research on quality of life outcomes in mental health.

Recent Publications

Becker, M., Boaz, T., Andel, R., & DeMuth, A. (in press). Predictors of avoidable hospitalizations among assisted living residents. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. DOI: 10.1016/j.jamda.2011.02.001

Van Dorn, R. A., Andel, R., Boaz, T. L., Desmarais, S. L., Chandler, K., Becker, M. A., & Howe, A. (2011). Risk of arrest in persons with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in a Florida Medicaid program: The role of atypical antipsychotics, conventional neuroleptics and routine outpatient behavioral health services. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72(4), 502-508.

Becker, M., Constantine, B., Andel, R., & Boaz. (2011). Gender differences and risk of arrest among offenders with serious mental illness. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 38(1), 16-28. DOI: 10.1007/s11414-010-921217-8

Constantine, R. J., Petrila, J., Andel, R., Givens, E. M., Becker, M., Robst, J., Van Dorn, R., et al. (2010). Arrest trajectories of adult offenders with a serious mental illness. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 16(4), 319-339.

Boaz, T. L., Constantine, R. J., Robst, J., Becker, M. A., & Howe, A. M. (2010). Risperidone long-acting therapy prescribing patterns and their impact on early discontinuation of treatment in a large Medicaid population. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. (online ahead of print). DOI: 10.4088/JCP.09m05348yel

Robst, J. M., Constantine, R., Boaz, T., Andel, R., Teague, G., Becker, M., & Howe, A. (2010). Short-term impact of preferred drug list changes on health care use and Medicaid costs: Injectable Risperidone. Psychiatric Services, 61(9), 937-939.

Levin, B. L., & Becker, M. (Eds.) (2010). A Public Health Perspective of Women’s Mental Health. New York: Springer.

Becker, M., Levin, B. L., & Hansen, A. (2010). Public health and women’s mental health. In B. Levin & M. Becker (Eds.), A Public Health Perspective of Women’s Mental Health. New York: Springer.

Debate, R., Blunt, H., & Becker, M. (2010). Eating disorders. In B. Levin & M. Becker (Eds.), A Public Health Perspective of Women’s Mental Health. New York: Springer.

Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D. A., & Becker, M. (2010). Racial and ethnic disparities. In B. L. Levin & M. Becker (Eds.), A Public Health Perspective of Women’s Mental Health. New York: Springer.

Constantine, R., Andel, R., Petrila, J., Becker, M., Robst, J., Teague, G., Boaz, T., & Howe, A. (2010). Characteristics and experiences of adults with a serious mental illness who were involved in the criminal justice system. Psychiatric Services, 61(5), 451-457.

Becker, M., Boaz, T., Andel, R., Gum, A., & Papadopoulos, A. (2010). Predictors of preventable nursing home hospitalizations: The role of mental disorders and dementia. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 18(6), 475-482. DOI: 10.1097/JGP.0b013e3181b2145a